Susanna Barla is a creative director, brand specialist and a trend forecaster. As a business executive and strategic advisor to brands, institutions, and startups, this involves facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, understanding business strategy, marketing and communications strategy, design strategy, and how to integrate it all together. But more than any of that, she’s a passionate environmentalist and philanthropist.
What brings it all together is her mission to re-connect people to be in harmony with nature. In order to reach this goal, she employs a strategy inspired by the Nordic Economic model, but adapted to the UK, the US and the rest of the world.
In 2016 she also founded the AYD foundation, a platform devoted to raising awareness of, and giving financial aid assistance for, refugees, as well as to provide long term solutions for them to exist in the world.
Her next step is to bring together initiatives, private and non-profit foundations and brands: creating new business models for future generations. Susanna’s commitment to partnerships sees her frequently on the road building strategic relationships with businesses, impact funds and brands, and includes investments, sponsorships, and new business ventures. With her prior success in marketing luxury products, she wants to bring the same methods to the world of environmentalism – with the ultimate goal of consulting the world’s giant corporates on how to become more eco-conscious. Her motto? “Compete with brands and make caring the new currency”.
Susanna holds a BA cum laude from University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion).
Her 14+ years experience working in brand & business development, marketing & communications, as well as in creative direction in the luxury fashion and design sectors, have led to her working with numerous brands and clients: Maison Martin Margiela, Paule Ka, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, White Cube, BMW, Minotti, DDB Worldwide Communications Group.
Jevan Tan resides in Singapore, graduating with a BA and MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In an earlier professional career, he worked as the Regional Country Head of a well known US Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley International. Currently, Mr Tan incubates new companies and has private equity interests in oil and gas, mining and natural resource developments, food and pharmaceutical distribution, construction and building materials, hotels and real estate developments. He holds various key positions in educational institutions and community organizations in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. As an extension of his work with the youth in Singapore, Mr Tan and his associates intend to establish a non-profit Sustainability Institution and Foundation in Singapore. The organization will have an emphasis on Asia, focusing on sustainability research & analysis, management consulting & financial advisory, and private equity investments . They will also continue to expand their educational life skills and sustainability.
With an applied economist perspective, Lina has launched several organizations that contribute to shifting our macro-economic system towards more optimal outcomes – as an entrepreneur, investor, pioneer in biomimetic innovation, sustainability thought leader, futurist, educator, and philanthropic advisor.
Lina over the past 12 years, Lina has worked with early-stage ventures as a startup advisor, a mentor for accelerators like Cleantech Open, and Advisory Board member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Central. As Head of U.S. Operations, Lina contributed to building GrowVC: the first online, global marketplace for entrepreneurs. Lina served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership for 6 years. Lina is part of the leadership of the Nexus Impact Investing Working Group, Nexus Working Group on Energy, Environment, & Innovation, and heads up the Financial Advocacy initiative for the Nexus Working Group Towards Equal Justice.
She is a frequent speaker and university lecturer on entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, biomimetic innovation, the future of philanthropy, the evolution of global financial systems, and applied economics. Lina has spoken at over 100 conferences over the last 10 years on these subjects.
With an unswerving curiosity into human behavior and an openness to the world around us, we uncover user and business needs. Insights that always form the starting point for our strategic and creative work.
Design is creation, process and result. Whether our work encompasses graphics, identity, architecture, interiors, products, packaging, exhibitions, digital experiences, services or communication – it’s all based on the needs of the intended user and comes down to making things better by balancing functionality and aesthetics. Design is really about improving how things work and to create positive, permanent change.
Bert is seasoned Real Estate Investment Banker, family office advisor, part of the ANTI team. He is highly skilled in workouts, troubled debt restructures, foreclosure litigation, litigation management, single and bulk asset dispositions, distressed lending, structured & DIP financing. He has a background in hotel workouts, franchise and union negotiations, hotel asset management, marketing and sale of distressed and performing assets. Extensive experience in underwriting, originating, acquisitions and sourcing commercial loans. Asset management of commercial mortgage portfolios and real estate owned portfolios, marketing, leasing, and sales.
Qualified as a California Real Estate Broker, Counselor of Real Estate, and a Fellow Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Bert is also an Expert Witness in commercial lending, asset management and workouts, litigation strategies, guarantor pursuits, foreclosure strategies. witness and document management.